See how we’re inspiring learning for life at Welly Road Early Learning Centre (Mount Barker). Our long day care and early education centre provides child care in Mount Barker that is perfect for families living or commuting through nearby suburbs Echunga, Macclesfield, Nairne, and Strathalbyn. Our centre is conveniently located on Wellington Road right next to the Mt Barker IGA Fresh.
We love incorporating the natural environment into our learning. Each room has a raised garden bed with a range of different plants growing all year round. We have a big community bed at the front of the centre for all our families to enjoy. We have a lovely walking path that runs along the centre with a pedestrian crossing that allows us to get out and about to explore out local community.
From the moment you step foot into our Mount Barker early learning centre, you’ll be immersed in a world where children are encouraged to discover and learn. Our adventure-filled playgrounds feature sandpits, gardens, cubby houses and play equipment to engage all the senses.
We ensure children are provided time and space for uninterrupted play as they explore the outdoors to test their limits and develop strength, balance, and self-confidence. Being outside supports children’s overall health and wellbeing.
Our indoor spaces invite exploration with quality resources and learning experiences. Children wonder, create, and test out their ideas as they play with a range of materials in purposeful play spaces. Our team of experienced educators plan play-based learning experiences around children’s interests and learning goals. Literacy and numeracy concepts are embedded in play-based learning, as children engage as architects, storytellers, scientists, artists, and designers.
You will never need to worry about preparing lunch or snacks. Nutritious meals are made daily by our in-house cook, catering for all dietary requirements. Shared mealtimes between children and educators strengthen relationships, with opportunities to share stories and experiences, and model healthy eating practices.
Each day is a different learning experience at our Mount Barker early learning centre. Your child will have access to engaging specialised programs including soccer and movement for kindergarten children and fitness and movement for all ages. These fun and engaging programs enhance the daily program.
Our educators and children venture out on excursions to our local community visiting the nearby parks, St. Marks Lutheran School, Mt Barker IGA Fresh and more. Visits to Duck flat park are a great opportunity for the children to engage in nature, exploring the board walks, boat and children’s garden. We have our own veggie plot to tend to and love learning and engaging with the community garden volunteers.
We welcome special guests and community members to the centre based on the children's interests. These include visits from residents at Sash Ferguson our local nursing home and students from St Marks. Our excursions to St Marks are a regular thing for the Kindergarten children. We use the library and playground and at times interact and engage with students and teachers. Our visits to IGA provide opportunities to purchase ingredients for our cooking experiences, participate in taste testing and engage in numeracy and simple mathematical concepts.
Neighbourhood connections support a sense of community and belonging for children and provide opportunities to develop social and observational skills with different people, places, and environments.
As members of our Early Learning Services community, we look forward to partnering with you to provide information, support, and high-quality education and care in your child’s formative years.
Our Family Support Team are happy to chat through your child care needs. Call them today on 1800 413 885 to book a tour at our centre, meet our team of educators, and learn more about why these first five years are so important for your child’s development